Upcoming Events

Nov
16
Wed
7:00 pm Jack Wrather: A Legacy of Film a... @ Rancho Mirage Library and Observatory
Jack Wrather: A Legacy of Film a... @ Rancho Mirage Library and Observatory
Nov 16 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Jack Wrather: A Legacy of Film and Friendship - Alan K. Rode and Steven C. Smith - Nov. 16, 2022 @ Rancho Mirage Library and Observatory
Alan K. Rode and Steven C. Smith  . . . at Rancho Mirage Library and Observatory November 16, 2022 — 7:00PM PDT   Alan K. Rode and Steven C. Smith will present their documentary “Jack[...]

Featured Interviews

Recent Appearances and Podcasts

Journeys in Darkness and Light (The Great Movies) with Andy Wolverton and Darnice Jasper

StoryBeat with Steve Cuden logo + Alan K. Rode portrait in suit and tie.

StoryBeat PODCAST: Alan K. Rode, Biographer-Film Scholar-Episode #208

StoryBeat with Steve Cuden logo + Alan K. Rode portrait in suit and tie.

Richard Skipper Celebrates Alan K. Rode PODCAST

Being the Ricardos

Being the Ricardos

A review of “Being the Ricardos” (Amazon Studios, 10dec2021) by Alan K. Rode.

THE CHARGE OF THE LIGHT BRIGADE (1936): Separating Fact from Fiction

THE CHARGE OF THE LIGHT BRIGADE (1936): Separating Fact from Fiction

Over the years, there have been numerous stories published or otherwise repeated about the production of Warner Bros, action film THE CHARGE OF THE LIGHT BRIGADE (1936).

These anecdotal accounts received additional heft in 1975 with the publication of David Niven’s memoir BRING ON THE EMPTY HORSES.

Among other recollections, Niven wrote about director Michael Curtiz’s “carnage” of injured and dead horses caused by his ordering the use of a “Running W” or trip wire during action scenes that were supposedly filmed in Mexico.

Other versions included a fight between Errol Flynn and Curtiz that never occurred (There was a physical confrontation between both men that occurred six years later during DIVE BOMBER) reportedly caused by Flynn’s rage over the director’s alleged indifference to the welfare of animals with the number of horses crippled or killed during the making of the picture ranging from 20 to 100 or many more.

My research, based on studio production records, correspondence and legal files( including sworn affidavits and photographs) and other sources, revealed an accurate and less fabulist account of what occurred during production of the film.

Hollywood’s Great Deluge

Hollywood’s Great Deluge

TCM will be broadcasting NOAH’S ARK on April 4, 2018 that will commence a month long spotlight on the films of director Michael Curtiz. Here is some background on the making of the film adapted from MICHAEL CURTIZ A LIFE in FILM   Michael Curtiz signed a contract with...

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Blu-ray® Classics

. . . new and forthcoming, with added Commentaries and Documentaries from Alan.

Upcoming Events

Nov
16
Wed
7:00 pm Jack Wrather: A Legacy of Film a... @ Rancho Mirage Library and Observatory
Jack Wrather: A Legacy of Film a... @ Rancho Mirage Library and Observatory
Nov 16 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Jack Wrather: A Legacy of Film and Friendship - Alan K. Rode and Steven C. Smith - Nov. 16, 2022 @ Rancho Mirage Library and Observatory
Alan K. Rode and Steven C. Smith  . . . at Rancho Mirage Library and Observatory November 16, 2022 — 7:00PM PDT   Alan K. Rode and Steven C. Smith will present their documentary “Jack[...]

Blu-ray® Classics

. . . new and forthcoming, with added Commentaries and Documentaries from Alan.

Books

book cover photo of director Michael Curtiz book cover art photo of Charles McGraw